Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Averitt is offering a company-sponsored per diem program. This is a great benefit to our driving force, allowing our drivers to take advantage of tax savings and putting more money into their pockets every week!
Per diem pay is classified by the IRS as reimbursement to cover meal and incidental expenses incurred by drivers while they’re away from home. It gives you more take home pay because less taxes are withheld in your weekly paycheck.
Basically, Averitt pays you a flat rate of $66/day for meals and incidental expenses incurred while you’re away from home. This is a fixed amount instead of reimbursing actual meals and incidental expenses; no receipts are required.
All per diem payments are tax free, are not reported on Form W-2, and are not subject to income or employment taxes. Anyone who travels out of town overnight for work is eligible for per diem. A driver must be working away from home for at least 12 hours. This refers to the day a driver starts and ends the day.
To take advantage of per diem, there’s nothing Averitt associates need to do. Everything is tracked automatically through a driver's Qualcomm unit. Just confirm your logs the way you already do, and that’s it.
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